The Refuge Church of God first began in the late 1950s, when a group of members of the Lafayette Avenue Church of God was led to hold a series of weekly prayer meetings at the home of Sister Clementine Johnson at 119 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Because of the rapid increase and growth of the group, it was necessary to find a larger facility; therefore a hall was leased at 239 Hancock Street, Brooklyn, New York, where Sunday and Tuesday night meetings were held.


It was during these meetings that the saints were led to establish a work and to call the Reverend Lionel Yearwood as its first pastor. Under his capable leadership, the work continued to grow and prosper, and on October 30th, 1959, the Refuge Church of God became an incorporated body.

By the month of August 1962, the membership had increased to 65, necessitating the acquisition of a larger edifice. The faithful membership of the Refuge Church of God located a site at 595-97 Quincy Street, Brooklyn, New York and later purchased it. On that site was a burned out building which formerly housed the Exodus A.M.E. Church with a huge pot bellied stove among the rubble and ashes. It was from these ashes that our present edifice rose. In addition, a mortgage was taken and in 1972 by the help of God the members of the Refuge Church of God burned the mortgage, earlier than contracted.

Over it’s nearly 50 year history the Refuge Church of God has been served faithfully by four pastors; our founding pastor, Rev. Lionel Yearwood (1959-1979), Rev. Alfred Sealy (1980-1992), Rev. Dr. Harold Layne (1993-2006) and our current pastor, Rev. Kevin R. Osbourne (January 2007-present).



The Church’s Mission

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19 & 20


To lead people into an intimate
relationship with God through His son Jesus Christ and with members of His church, to equip the total man: spirit, mind, and body, to provide an atmosphere for God to release the anointing in their lives for ministry which will cause others to change as we honor
God with our whole life.

What We Believe

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired and infallible written Word of God.
  • We believe in and worship the triune God, one God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that sin resulted in the fall of humanity and separation from God. We believe humanity is sinful by nature and by choice, and is in need of a Savior.
  • We believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, both fully God and fully human. We believe that His crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection was the ransom for sin that restored that fellowship. 
  • We further believe in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary as the only answer to humanity’s sin problem. We believe that salvation is obtained by grace through faith. 
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit initiates the process of salvation and is active in the conviction, conversion, and regeneration of the believer.
  • We also believe that the Holy Spirit gifts every believer with spiritual gifts for the purpose of furthering the work and Kingdom of God.
  • We believe in the second coming of Jesus Christ to ransom the Church and to judge the world. We believe in the new heaven and the new earth, and that God will judge and reward us according to our works.